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Wimbledon: Murray battles back to advance to semis
Wimbledon » While Brit overcomes deficit, del Potro overcomes injury.


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"Right now, I’m the most happy person in the world," Janowicz said.

About playing Murray, who won his first Grand Slam tournament last year at the U.S. Open, Janowicz said: "I hope Andy will feel some kind of pressure. I’m sure he’ll feel some kind of pressure because Great Britain is waiting for the English champion in Wimbledon."

At a glance

Wednesday’s highlights

Andy Murray rallies from a two-set deficit for the seventh time in his career to defeat Fernando Verdasco.

» Juan Martin del Potro suffers a hyperextended left knee on the fifth point of his match, but sweeps David Ferrer.

» Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz also reach the semis.

Thursday’s TV

Women’s semifinals

6 a.m., ESPN

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During a tournament with more than its share of twists and turns — to say nothing of slips and slides — Djokovic and del Potro have gone through virtually unscathed, on the scoreboard at least. Neither man has dropped a set.

Djokovic overcame a two-break, 3-0 deficit in the second set to cruise to his latest victory over Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up. Djokovic is in his 13th straight Grand Slam semifinal and in search of his seventh major title.

"Coming into the semifinals, I feel physically fresh," Djokovic said.

No. 8 del Potro wouldn’t quite use those terms to describe himself.

He is, however, starting to show the form he used to win his only major championship, the U.S. Open in 2009, which also marks the last time he reached a Grand Slam semifinal. He is 3-8 lifetime against Djokovic, though one of those victories came here, at the All England Club, when he beat the Serb in the Olympic bronze-medal match last year. Del Potro also won their last meeting, earlier this year on hard court at Indian Wells.

"He struggled with injuries in last few years, but every time he comes back, he comes back very strong because he just has this talent," Djokovic said.

Indeed, del Potro — nicknamed "The Tower of Tandil" after his hometown in Argentina — has won despite being wracked with pain since Saturday, when he slipped and hyperextended his left knee for the first time.

He’s not the only one to slip at Wimbledon during this fortnight, and he wasn’t the only one hurting Wednesday.


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Ferrer has also been dealing with ankle and toe issues. He cut short his pre-match hitting session because of pain in his ankle but said that was no excuse. Ferrer, who crossed the net to run toward del Potro to check on him when he fell, said he didn’t see much change in his opponent’s play after the injury.

"Juan Martin, he was more focused, he was playing more aggressive than me and he served very, very good in all three sets," Ferrer said.



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